If you’re interested in learning a wide variety of fascinating facts about the deepest body of water in the world, simply continue reading.
Where is the deepest body of water in the world?
The deepest body of the world is the Pacific Ocean and the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean is the Mariana Trench. The Mariana Trench is located 200km east of the Mariana Islands and is thought to be around 32,000 feet deep.
Facts about the Mariana Trench:
1. You could fit the whole of Mt Everest in the Mariana Trench
You may be surprised to learn that Mt Everest would comfortably fit inside the Mariana Trench, with plenty of room to spare.
2. The deepest part of the Mariana Trench is named the Challenger Deep
The Challenger Deep was named after the HMS Challenger II, which is a submersible which was used to explore the Mariana Trench. In 1995 the HMS Challenger II was able to dive down to 35,790 feet. Which was the deepest a man made craft had ever explored. From the video footage which was taken, scientists have since been able to learn a lot about the Mariana Trench’s mysteries.
3. It is one of the coldest spots in the world
The Mariana Trench is extremely cold and is thought to be between 34 degrees Fahrenheit and 39 degrees Fahrenheit. As such the trench is one of the coldest places in the world.
4. There are hot water vents on the sea floor
There are actually hot water vents which are located on the sea floor of the Mariana Trench. These vents produce minerals which are consumed by bacteria, which are in turn eaten by the fish who live in the trench.
5. The floor of the trench is yellow
Why is the seabed of the Mariana Trench yellow? As there are so many dead and decaying plants and sea creatures which decompose in the trench, the trench’s sea bed has turned yellow.
6. James Cameron the director of Titanic and Avatar has explored part of the Mariana Trench
Cameron used his connections in order to explore part of the trench in a state of the art submerisble in order to collect video footage and photos of the Mariana Trench. During his journey Cameron also collected specimens from the trench for scientists to study.
7. Scientists believe that the trench is around 180 millions old
If it’s true that the Mariana Trench is approximately 180 millions years old, it will boast one of the oldest seabeds in the world.
8. The Mariana Trench is shaped like a semi circle or a crescent
Most individuals would be surprised to learn the trench is actually shaped like a semi circle or a crescent moon.
9. The trench was first discovered in 1875
Mankind has been aware of the Mariana Trench since 1875, when it was detected by sound equipment on the HMS Challenger. Which was on a mission to circumnavigate the globe.
10. President George Bush named the trench as a national monument
In 2009 US President George W Bush named the Mariana Trench as a national monument.
Hopefully, you’re now inspired to learn more information about the Pacific Ocean and the Mariana Trench. Both of which are fascinating to study.